Columbus Day, a nationally recognized federal holiday, falls on Monday, Oct. 8 this year. While it is an opportunity for some to sleep in on a Monday, the holiday itself is also interesting, and a great time to celebrate and shop.
Columbus Day remembers Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’ long journey across the Atlantic Ocean to the “New World." The voyage was victorious when land was first spotted on Oct. 12, 1492.
In Philadelphia, the Columbus Day Parade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7. This annual parade celebrates Columbus and his voyage. The 1.5 mile-parade route runs from Broad and Washington streets to Broad Street and Oregon Avenue. The number of spectators ranges from 30,000 to 60,000.
Federal, state and municipal offices will be closed for the holiday on Monday.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is responsible for making the holiday a federal one in 1937.
What is closed on Columbus Day? Most banks, government offices and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed to observe the holiday.
Tell us: What are your plans for Columbus Day? Shopping? Relaxation? Celebration?